Aurora Supports Summer STEM Activities

Employees enjoyed welcoming students back for summer 2021 tours and rocket building.

Aurora supported three rocket camps and two tours for STEM students in summer 2021, primarily out of its manufacturing site in Columbus, Mississippi. The company held two rocket camps with East Mississippi Community College Camp AMP, as well as a rocket camp and tour with Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Summer Transportation Institute. Rocket camps provide students the opportunity to build and fly a small model rocket, introducing them to the basics of flight and hobbyist-level construction skills through an interactive and engaging activity.

Also this summer, Aurora hosted a tour of their headquarters in Manassas, Virginia for Future Kings, a Virginia-based non-profit in STEM educational programs. Tour participants not only saw Aurora’s facilities and experimental aircraft, but also a demonstration from the in-house drone team.

“Aurora has long history of supporting STEM activities. These programs give us the opportunity to introduce students to careers in engineering and composite manufacturing,” said Per Beith, Aurora President and CEO. “We hope to see these future engineers join the Aurora team someday.”

Aurora has four U.S. sites across Virginia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and West Virginia. The company is committed to working with local colleges, universities, and community organizations focused on STEM education and aeronautics. For more information, contact

Aurora Selected to Advance Work on CRANE

Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, was selected to continue to Phase 1 of DARPA’s Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors (CRANE) program. After having completed conceptual designs of novel configurations demonstrating active flow control, Aurora will proceed with system requirements development, initial design work, software development, and initial airworthiness activities.

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Pentagon completes its first counter drone technology demonstration

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz. (April 14, 2021) — Technology developers came together to show their latest in counter drone technology during a demonstration at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.

Focused on Low Collateral Effects Interceptors (LCEI), this demonstration is the first in an on-going series of semi-annual demonstrations aimed at evaluating technologies to deliver an enterprise approach to counter growing threats from rapidly increasing small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS).

“Aurora was honored to participate in the JCO and RCCTO demo event for low-collateral interceptors at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground,” said Kel Jackson, Counter-UAS program manager for Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company. “Demonstrating MIDAS’ differentiated Counter-UAS capabilities in such a challenging environment was invaluable.”

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Aurora Flight Sciences to develop machine learning models for system design under DARPA Contract

Award aims to enhance system design simulation to mitigate risk in critical military applications

MANASSAS, Va., March 4, 2021 — Under a new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract, Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, seeks to accelerate system simulation technology. Work will focus on improving computer-generated design models by integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop future military equipment.

Known as the Ditto program, the goal of DARPA’s Intelligent Auto-Generation and Composition of Surrogate Models project is to establish an automated framework that will allow engineers to run full-system simulations. This will make it easier to detect errors and make informed decisions earlier in the design process.

“We’re proud to support DARPA’s proof of concept,” said Per Beith, Aurora President and CEO. “Together, our collaborative work on machine learning surrogates will advance the field of artificial intelligence.”

About Aurora Flight Sciences

Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, specializes in creating advanced aircraft through the development of versatile and intuitive autonomous systems, in addition to advanced composite manufacturing. Operating at the intersection of technology and robotic aviation, Aurora leverages the power of autonomy to make piloted and unpiloted flight safer and more efficient. For more information, visit

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Aurora Flight Sciences marks international sale of Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft system

Swiss military procurement agency purchases Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA) system

LUZERN, Switzerland, March 3, 2021 — Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, today announced the international sale of its Centaur OPA system to armasuisse, the procurement agency of the Swiss military. The purchase follows operational and developmental testing by armasuisse through a previous lease agreement.

“Centaur is an ideal platform for the evaluation of airborne sensors and the development of a sense and avoid system for drones,” said Roland Ledermann, armasuisse unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program manager. “After eight years of operation, the purchase of Centaur will further increase the flexibility of its use; armasuisse is very pleased about this.”

In routine operations since 2012, Centaur integrates unpiloted aircraft capabilities onto the Diamond DA42 twin-engine aircraft. The system provides exceptional range and low life-cycle costs for multiple missions of crew training, intelligence, and flight testing. Aurora’s Centaur OPA system represents part of Boeing’s broader offering of autonomous solutions providing capabilities that enable missions from seabed to space.

“This milestone results from a successful and long-standing collaboration with armasuisse and the Swiss industry,” said Dr. Michael Haidinger, President, Boeing Germany, Switzerland and Central & Eastern Europe. “Aurora Flight Sciences is at the forefront of aerospace innovation and we are proud to support Switzerland in its unmanned aircraft operations.”

Centaur supports three modes of operation via piloted, unpiloted, and hybrid options. Within the unpiloted mode, the aircraft is autonomous from before takeoff to after landing, including remote taxi operations. Hybrid mode allows control from the ground with a safety pilot onboard the aircraft to facilitate testing.

“It has been an honor to serve armasuisse in the exploration of advances in autonomy with support from Aurora Swiss Aerospace, our local subsidiary,” said Per Beith, Aurora President and CEO. “Centaur is a highly productive platform for conducting research and development in rapid succession. We look forward to our continued partnership.”

About Aurora Flight Sciences

Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, specializes in creating advanced aircraft through the development of versatile and intuitive autonomous systems, in addition to advanced composite manufacturing. Operating at the intersection of technology and robotic aviation, Aurora leverages the power of autonomy to make piloted and unpiloted flight safer and more efficient. For more information, visit

About Aurora Swiss Aerospace GmbH
Aurora Swiss Aerospace GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, established in the Canton of Luzern, Switzerland in 2013. The company conducts upgrade and support projects for Aurora customers in Switzerland and throughout Europe, as well as managing a European prototype engineering team that conducts research and development for worldwide Aurora projects. Aurora Swiss Aerospace draws on over 30 years of experience that Aurora has in the development, design, manufacturing, operations, and support of advanced Unmanned Aircraft Systems. For more information, visit

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Aurora Flight Sciences to Develop New X-Plane Under DARPA Contract

Active Flow Control in early stage aircraft design will enable revolutionary capabilities

MANASSAS, Va., Nov. 12, 2020 — Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, aims to develop an experimental plane under a new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract. The X-plane seeks to demonstrate the advanced capabilities of Active Flow Control (AFC) as a primary design consideration.

Through DARPA’s Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors (CRANE) program, Aurora is under contract for Phase 0 in partnership with Boeing and the University of Arizona. The team will develop tools and technology for incorporating AFC in the early stages of aircraft design to later demonstrate in a custom X-plane.

During Phase 0, Aurora will study AFC-enabled designs across multiple mission domains for one year to identify an X-plane demonstrator concept. Phase 1 will follow with preliminary design of an X-plane demonstrator.

“This team builds upon decades of AFC research and prototyping, including flight tests of full-scale implementations,” said Per Beith, Aurora President and CEO. “Together with DARPA, we can enable fundamentally new approaches to aircraft design and look forward to exploring game-changing configurations.”

About Aurora Flight Sciences

Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, specializes in creating advanced aircraft through the development of versatile and intuitive autonomous systems, in addition to advanced composite manufacturing. Operating at the intersection of technology and robotic aviation, Aurora leverages the power of autonomy to make manned and unmanned flight safer and more efficient. For more information, visit

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Porsche and Boeing to Partner on Premium Urban Air Mobility Market

  • Companies sign MOU to investigate product development for premium market
  • Builds on efforts to develop new urban air mobility ecosystem

STUTTGART, Germany and CHICAGO, Oct. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Porsche and Boeing [NYSE: BA] signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the premium urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic into airspace. With this partnership, both companies will leverage their unique market strengths and insights to study the future of premium personal urban air mobility vehicles.

“Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility. In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel,” says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. “We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future.”

As part of the partnership, the companies will create an international team to address various aspects of urban air mobility, including analysis of the market potential for premium vehicles and possible use cases. Boeing, Porsche and Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences are also developing a concept for a fully electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle. Engineers from both companies, as well as Porsche subsidiaries Porsche Engineering Services GmbH and Studio F.A. Porsche, will implement and test a prototype.

“This collaboration builds on our efforts to develop a safe and efficient new mobility ecosystem, and provides an opportunity to investigate the development of a premium urban air mobility vehicle with a leading automotive brand,” said Steve Nordlund, Vice President and General Manager of Boeing NeXt, an organization that is laying the foundation for a next-generation mobility ecosystem in which autonomous and piloted vehicles can safely coexist. “Porsche and Boeing together bring precision engineering, style and innovation to accelerate urban air mobility worldwide.”

A 2018 study by Porsche Consulting forecasts that the urban air mobility market will pick up speed after 2025. The study also indicates that urban air mobility solutions will transport passengers more quickly and efficiently than current conventional means of terrestrial transport, at a lower cost and with greater flexibility.

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Marshall University’s RCBI Partners with Aurora Flight Sciences of WV on Expansion


Marshall University’s Robert C. Byrd Institute and Aurora Flight Sciences of WV, an independent subsidiary of Boeing, have entered into an agreement in which Aurora will use a portion of RCBI’s Bridgeport facility located at 2400 East Benedum Industrial Drive.

Aurora will use the additional space to enhance their assembly and integration of composite and metallic products for unmanned aircraft. The company expects to begin operations inside RCBI in early Spring 2019. “RCBI is pleased to help facilitate Aurora’s expansion and addition of high tech jobs to the area by providing space in our facility,” said Charlotte Weber, Director and CEO of RCBI. “We have proudly worked with Aurora since both facilities opened, and are excited about moving forward together.” Weber added, “I want to also stress that RCBI remains committed to North Central WV and will continue to offer our state of the art manufacturing services to all manufacturers.”

“Under Boeing, Aurora is growing rapidly and hiring skilled engineers and composite technicians,” said John Langford, president and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences. “We are so appreciative of Charlotte Weber and RCBI for their continued help and support. Leasing us temporary space gives us time to meet our customer’s requirements while we develop and execute a long-term facility expansion plan.” Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert said, “At Marshall, we are proud that RCBI is taking the initiative to help expand the aerospace industry in the state of West Virginia. We look forward to new jobs and a growing industrial base in the state.”

“The Mid Atlantic Aerospace Complex and North Central WV Airport team are proud that our partners in aerospace are expanding,” added Tracy Miller, President of the Mid Atlantic Aerospace Complex. “A larger team supporting the growing efforts of Aurora Flight Sciences, is a win for this diverse and growing industry sector in WV.”

Accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), RCBI’s advanced training programs offer specialized, hands-on manual and CNC machinist training in partnership with Pierpont Community & Technical College. In addition, RCBI houses a stable of advanced manufacturing equipment available for lease to regional businesses.

“Think of RCBI as an extension to your business, rent time on our equipment, receive the training needed to operate the equipment, receive first class design assistance – all under one roof,” said Arley Carpenter, Director of Manufacturing Services at RCBI.

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Boeing Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle Completes First Flight

Boeing NeXt program tests prototype to advance safety and technology of urban air mobility Electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle has design range of up to 50 miles

MANASSAS, Va.Jan. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] yesterday successfully completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype in Manassas, Virginia. Boeing NeXt, which leads the company’s urban air mobility efforts, utilized Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to design and develop the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and will continue testing to advance the safety and reliability of on-demand autonomous air transportation.

The PAV prototype completed a controlled takeoff, hover and landing during the flight, which tested the vehicle’s autonomous functions and ground control systems. Future flights will test forward, wing-borne flight, as well as the transition phase between vertical and forward-flight modes. This transition phase is typically the most significant engineering challenge for any high-speed VTOL aircraft.

“In one year, we have progressed from a conceptual design to a flying prototype,” said Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop. “Boeing’s expertise and innovation have been critical in developing aviation as the world’s safest and most efficient form of transportation, and we will continue to lead with a safe, innovative and responsible approach to new mobility solutions.”

Powered by an electric propulsion system, the PAV prototype is designed for fully autonomous flight from takeoff to landing, with a range of up to 50 miles (80.47 kilometers). Measuring 30 feet (9.14 meters) long and 28 feet (8.53 meters) wide, its advanced airframe integrates the propulsion and wing systems to achieve efficient hover and forward flight.

“This is what revolution looks like, and it’s because of autonomy,” said John Langford, president and chief executive officer of Aurora Flight Sciences. “Certifiable autonomy is going to make quiet, clean and safe urban air mobility possible.”

The test flight represents the latest milestone for Boeing NeXt. The division works with regulatory agencies and industry partners to lead the responsible introduction of a new mobility ecosystem and ensure a future where autonomous and piloted air vehicles safely coexist. In addition to the PAV, the Boeing NeXt portfolio includes an unmanned fully electric cargo air vehicle (CAV) designed to transport up to 500 pounds (226.80 kilograms) and other urban, regional and global mobility platforms. The CAV completed its first indoor flight last year and will transition to outdoor flight testing in 2019.

“Boeing was there when the aviation industry was born and in our second century, we will unlock the potential of the urban air mobility market,” said Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt. “From building air vehicles to airspace integration, we will usher in a future of safe, low-stress mobility in cities and regions around the world.”

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